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Directed by J.R. Hughto
When Beth (Nina Millin) discovers that her fiancé Henry (Brian McGuire) has been secretly recording themselves having sex, and more disputably, rehearsing his marriage proposal, she storms out of their celebratory hotel room and emotionally stays dominant in her car at a nearby parking lot. When a mysterious passerby named Charlie (Sonja Kinski, granddaughter of Klaus Kinski) takes interest in her ordeal, a seemingly romantic triangle emerges testing the plight of the couple’s meaning of love.
Beth takes a friendly liking to Charlie, possibly because of how distraught she is, and asks Charlie to return her key to the hotel front desk. Charlie’s curiosity leads her to their hotel room, introducing herself to Henry. After a brief confrontation, Henry and Charlie agree to meet up again for private recordings. As platonic and romantic intentions compete with one another, the film »
- Christopher Clemente
The Beast Within: “Some boys have raging hormones…but his are absolutely furious! 18-year-old Michael MacCleary – the progeny of an unholy union between his mother and a swamp beasty – is on the verge of becoming a man…Eater! And as the inherited evil in his blood gnaws at his soul, Michael must return to the swamp to uncover the terrifying secret identity of his father – before his nasty natural tendencies force him to make jambalaya out of the locals! Starring Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, and Paul Clemens.”
Crawlspace: “Renter Beware! Psychotic landlord Karl Gunter wants to charge you an arm and »
- Jonathan James
Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979.
Written and Directed by Werner Herzog.
After taking over a small German village, Count Dracula attempts to spread his influence and activities to the rest of the world. All that prevents Dracula from continuing his demonic practices is the self-sacrifice of Lucy Harker.
Remaking an established, classic, staple of German expressionist cinema in 1979 must’ve been a tough sell. Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre, primarily a re-telling of F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece, is also a deeply eerie, unsettling and haunting film in its own right. Herzog is not averse to remakes, as he has proven recently with Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Unlike Bad Lieutenant, Herzog chose Nosferatu so he could play with Murnau’s story and expand upon minor-moments in his own unique manner. Combining elements from Browning’s »
- Gary Collinson
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the award-winning French film, is already notorious for its fisticuffs between stars and director. It's the latest in an unhappy tradition of histrionics and control-freakery. Here are some vintage feuds
Directors and actors being what they are, they like a good argument. On one side are obsessive perfectionists, on the other self-involved exhibitionists – or so the theory goes. It's often proved a combustible mix in the past, with what is euphemistically termed "creative tension" often adding to the dynamic of the final film.
The media, obviously, is the silent third partner in all this; though you, the reader, ought to be equally ashamed, gleefully drinking in all the foul-mouthed resentment and high-decibel score-settling. You don't have to look far: actors Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopolous turned on Blue Is the Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche, accusing him of traumatising them during the extended periods shooting sex and fight scenes. »
- Andrew Pulver
★★★★☆The second Nosferatu rerelease in as many weeks (F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic rose from its eternal slumber once again last Friday), cult German director Werner Herzog's own unique interpretation of the Dracula legend, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), is an altogether different beast. With the ghoulish form of Herzog's "best fiend" Klaus Kinski picking up the vamp reigns from the iconic Max Schreck, Herzog's 'new expressionist' rendition of Bram Stoker's monumental gothic undertaking focuses more on the creature's unquenchable thirst for mortal love than human blood - though the two are of course intertwined.
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- CineVue UK
Short Term 12 | Philomena | Thor: The Dark World | Milius | Gloria | Nosferatu The Vampyre | Drinking Buddies | Cutie And The Boxer | Child's Pose | The Nun | The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia | A Nightmare On Elm Stret
Short Term 12 (15)
A film that makes you care about people who care about people, this compact indie doesn't have to look hard for drama in a foster care home, whose young workers need help as much as the damaged teens in their charge. The storylines are a little convenient, but it's an emotional watch, and Larson is outstanding.
Faith issues, "human interest" and even buddy comedy blend smoothly in this true-life tale of a retired Irish woman's search for her adult son, aided by a sceptical English hack. »
- Steve Rose
Werner Herzog's 1979 film Nosferatu the Vampyre, starring Klaus Kinski as the emulsion-faced undead parasite, is now re-released nationally as part of the BFI Southbank Gothic season. It is his homage to the 1922 Fw Murnau movie, conceived and executed with passionate connoisseurship; Herzog develops the first film, making the final sexualised sacrifice more explicit, keeping some original locations and images, and approximating the operatic visual language of Murnau with a new kind of primitivism: strange tableaux, eerie wordless scenes, and juxtaposed, grainy images of bats that directly reference silent moviemaking. Kinski is every bit as bizarre in the leading role; the Count's glittering amour-propre and menace may have a little bit of Mel Brooks about them, but Kinski carries it all off with glassy-eyed fervour and fathomless agony, as the Count »
- Peter Bradshaw
Featured as part of the BFI’s current season, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, Werner Herzog’s 1979 classic creeps back onto British screens this week, saving audiences from the horror of a Halloween that has come to mean nothing more than the 50p witches hats sold in Tesco’s by the baby food section.
Nosferatu the Vampyre, a tribute to F.W Murnau’s 1922 silent film Nosferatu: Symphony of Terror, and to German Expressionist cinema itself, retells Bram Stoker’s immortal Dracula story once more. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is an estate agent who lives with his beautiful wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) in the quaint German town of Wismar. Sent by his boss to Transylvania to make a business deal with a certain Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski), surely an unreasonable request, even for an estate agent, Harker embarks on his long and arduous journey, much to the dismay of his young wife, »
- Georgia Fleury Reynolds
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
The Selfish Giant (15)
In the tradition of Kes, or Fish Tank, this offers a child's-eye view of poverty that's too strong for real-life kids of the same age. Despite the fairytale origins, miracles are in short supply in this Bradford suburb, where two drop-out mates scavenge for opportunities. But the balance between harsh realism and mythical lyricism is beautifully struck, and the two leads really are miraculous.
Old-suited Knoxville and his "grandson" take to the road for Borat-style pranks.
Food/fauna surrealism part »
- Steve Rose
From the Press Release
On December 17th, 2013, bring home the Klaus Kinski starring Crawlspace, the story of a demented son of a Nazi surgeon who runs an apartment house for women. His tenants, however, are unaware the house is equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and devices for torture and murder!
Also available on December 17th is the terrifying coming of age tale The Beast Within, the story of 18-year-old Michael MacCleary, who experiences growing pains of a most shocking sort!
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, each movie collection boasts original theatrical key art, »
- Uncle Creepy
On December 17th, 2013, bring home the Klaus Kinski starring Crawlspace, the story of a demented son of a Nazi surgeon who runs an apartment house for women. His tenants, however, are unaware the house is equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and devices for torture and murder! Also available on December 17th is the terrifying coming of age tale The Beast Within, the story of 18-year-old Michael MacCleary who experiences growing pains of a most shocking sort.
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Scream Factory announced a few months ago that The Beast Within and Crawlspace will be coming to Blu-ray sometime this year. The Horror Show is also set to join them, and we have all the details on the special features included and those all-important release dates.
The Horror Show (1989)
“Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends “Meat Cleaver Max” and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of reality. Now Lucas’ family is under attack, his sanity in question, and his house haunted. Aided by a disreputable college professor, can Lucas reclaim his mind, house, and family? Starring Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Dedee Pfeiffer, Aron Eisenberg, Lawrence Tierney and Terry Alexander ”
The Horror Show will be released as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on November 26th. »
- Jemma George
It has long been a known fact that Hollywood’s well of ideas has run dry. The box office success of countless retreads, remakes, reboots and updates (whatever you want to label them) only serves to condemn the movie-going public as accomplices in this crime of imagination. Yet for every rule there is an exception and, while some would be reluctant to admit it, Hollywood has indeed produced some remakes worthy of their original’s legacy. This list counts down the top five horror remakes that achieved the impossible: they did not suck…
5. Dark Water (2005)
Directed by Walter Salles
Written by Rafael Yglesias
American filmmakers are obsessed with remaking foreign films in their own image (it’s like they’re afraid we’ll fall asleep from having to actually read subtitles). In the case of Japanese Horror Cinema the American versions tend to eschew the quiet tense dread that is »
- Andrew Perez
‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’: Werner Herzog’s German-language version to be presented at Film Forum (photo: Isabelle Adjani and Klaus Kinski in ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’) Werner Herzog’s stylish 1979 horror drama Nosferatu the Vampyre will have a two-week run at New York City’s Film Forum from Friday, October 25, through Thursday, November 7. Tagged as "the unseen German-language version," Nosferatu the Vampyre, starring Klaus Kinski in the title role, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz, will be presented in a new 35mm print. According to Film Forum’s press release, Herzog shot two versions simultaneously: the English-language Nosferatu the Vampyre was released in the United States theatrically and on video, whereas the German-language version, also known as Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, though available in other territories, has been "virtually unseen" in the U.S. Needless to say, Film Forum’s presentation of Nosferatu the Vampyre will feature English subtitles. ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’: Visually haunting Curiously, »
- Andre Soares
★★★★☆ The latest work from German auteur Douglas Sirk to get the Masters of Cinema treatment (following the rerelease of The Tarnished Angels earlier this month), 1958's A Time to Love and a Time to Die is remarkable not only for its sympathetic portrayal of disheartened and disenfranchised German soldiers towards the end of the Second World War, but also for its fine blend of sharp humour and sweeping CinemaScope melodrama. Starring John Gavin and Liselotte Pulver as the lovestruck Ernst Gräber and beautiful Hamburg resident Elisabeth, this is Sirk at the height of his Hollywood power.
Returning home to the burnt-out remnants of Hamburg after several long, cold years on the Russian-German Front, Gavin's square-jawed Gräber comes back to a city in ruins. With his parents' apartment block completely destroyed by enemy bombing raids, Gräber frantically searches the note-littered wall of the district to find some trace of his beloved family. »
- CineVue UK
Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the Israeli titans of the Cannon Film Group, had a huge business theatrically and on home video throughout the 1980’s producing lower budget films. Mainly known for their genre output, Scream Factory presents two of their offerings in a new double feature set.
Shizoid (1980) stars Klaus Kinski as a psychiatrist who runs a therapy group that is quickly losing its members to a serial murderer, while X-Ray finds Barbi Benton trapped in a hospital and stalked by a killer after a routine examination.
Schizoid (1980) plays like a TV movie of the week with a little gore in it. Julie (Marianna Hill) is a columnist for a newspaper who is receiving threatening letters while members of her support group drop like flies. Could it be her therapist, the aforementioned Kinski? A co-worker? Is it the therapist’s daughter (Donna Wilkes)? The murder mystery in Schizoid is void of suspense or interest, »
- Derek Botelho
There's nothing Claudia Cardinale hates more than staying still, but for the past two months she's had to do exactly that. She broke her foot on holiday in Tunisia and has since been holed up in her Paris flat. "It was stupid," she says, in her distinctive Mediterranean rasp. "I was playing volleyball. There was water on the edge of swimming pool, and I slipped. I like to be active, so when I have to sit for two months without going out, it's terrible. I had many places to go and I had to refuse: Venice, Kiev, Osaka. Now it's Ok. Yesterday I went out for the first time, but the weather is ugly."
Cardinale is a survivor from the era when movie giants walked the earth – most of them alongside her. »
- Steve Rose
If you find moving flat/house stressful, spare a thought for those film production companies who choose to lug their equipment, cast and crew thousands of miles to the other side of the world. Here, Damian Hellowell of removal specialists John Mason International takes a look at some of the industry's most torturous productions. Though the average family has roughly four members, some films can have thousands; whereas the average family can fit all their possessions into one or two containers, sometimes one film can take a ship-load of space to transport equipment to a desired location. Here are a few nightmare productions that decided to flaunt their individuality and cast off from the luxury of filming domestically.
Waterworld (1995): On paper, Waterworld might have looked like a relatively straightforward production. After all, Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds had a colossal $100 million to play with ($162,810,000 in today's money). What hadn't been taken into account, »
- CineVue UK
Werner Herzog’s next feature film seems to have difficulty getting off the ground … or through the desert. Queen Of The Desert was announced all the way back in 2011, and has since gone through a number of delays and one or two cast changes; I believe that Jude Law was once attached to play T.E. Lawrence, but that role has since fallen to Robert Pattinson. Another cast change has just developed, this time involving the central character. Naomi Watts has stepped down from the part of Gertrude Bell, to be replaced by Nicole Kidman.
While Watts’s departure is unfortunate – she’s been attached to the project almost as long as Herzog has – Kidman seems an adequate replacement for Queen Of The Desert. She’ll be playing Bell, the traveller, archaeologist and spy who was instrumental in determining British policy in various Middle Eastern countries, including helping to establish the modern state of Iraq. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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